Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Random House LLC, Dec 18, 2007 - Reference - 272 pages
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was  ten years old at the time, was trying to get a  report on birds written that he'd had three months to  write. It was due the next day. We were out at our  family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen  table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper  and pencils and unopened books on birds,  immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my  father sat down beside him, put his arm around my  brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy.  Just take it bird by bird.'"


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I read this to try to understand and learn the craft of writing. With great apprehension, I'm trying to figure out if this is something I want to do. I've been a musician and songwriter for many years ... Read full review

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Love. Love. Love. A million times love. Rarely do I want to take a highlighter to a book. Rarely do I nod my head as I read because the truths are so profound. Rarely would I vow to reread a book ... Read full review

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Contents

WRITING 1
16
FITS TWO Yul ITlIG FRAMI Q ND Looking Around 97 The Moral Point of View
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Radio Station KFKD 116 jealousy
122
PIP TIIPOII NIL AIQNG 1 KY
145
Writers Block
176
Writing a Present 185 Finding Your Voice
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Publication
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About the author (2007)

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People. Her last book, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, was published by Pantheon in 1993.


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